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Hot Kitchen

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104 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.727416 -73.988156
nr. 6th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-228-3090 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

hotkitchenny.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 11:30am-11:30pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-midnight; Sun, 11:30am-10:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.

Prices

$12-$28

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Houston St. to 14th St., Ave. C to University Pl.

Profile

It's strange to find the sort of authentic Sichuan restaurant that usually requires trekking to Queens (or at least the right block of midtown) in the student-friendly East Village. Yet here's Hot Kitchen, bright and clean, with cordial-enough (if rather slow) service, jammed with Chinese families digging into communal chile-laced dishes that make liberal use of tingly Sichuan peppercorn. Start with preserved meat dumplings, which are juicy and pack a more nuanced meaty flavor than the usual steamed dumpling. Hot and sour sweet potato noodles are a must-order: glassy vermicelli in a mouth-numbing, deeply savory broth that seems to brim with curative properties. While chicken wings won't be the best you've ever tasted, they're worth trying for the elaborate (Hunan-leaning) bed of potatoes, mushrooms, lotus, and chopped chiles they're arrayed on, like some sort of spice fiend's Thanksgiving redux. Dry-fried and crunchy Mei Shan beef, with its sweet-and-spicy notes, should appeal to American-Chinese aficionados and hard-core regional-cuisine nerds alike. Skip the village spicy chicken, which, if ordered boneless, arrives chopped and flavorless on a bed of bell peppers. Prices are a bit higher than what you find in Flushing, but the shorter subway trip makes up for it.

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